Gerald “Jerry” Goldstein, age 73, died peacefully surrounded by his wife and daughters on July 26, 2020 at his home in The Villages, FL after a courageous battle with cancer.
Jerry was born on December 11, 1946 in Corpus Christi, TX to George and Rose Goldstein. He was raised in a military family and moved every 2 years during his school age years including living in Rota, Spain for 2 years of high school before graduating from Sanford High School, Florida. While in high school, he enjoyed running track and playing football.
He graduated from FSU with a Bachelor’s degree in Business. While at FSU, he met Carla and they were married in March of 1970. Soon after marriage, Jerry joined the Air Force where he was a 1st Lt. Missile Launch Officer in Minot, ND until his honorable discharge in 1973. Later, he received his Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration.
Jerry and Carla raised 3 daughters and have 5 grandchildren. Jerry was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and cousin. He was passionate about playing piano, writing poetry, and spending time with family and friends. Jerry especially loved FSU football and being a season ticket holder.
Jerry and his brother, Bob, successfully founded, owned, and operated Lake Centre for Rehab which over the past 40 years has grown to include 10 outpatient clinics across 5 counties. Jerry was the Chief Operating Officer until his retirement in May, 2020.
He is survived by his wife, Carla Goldstein; daughters Denise Junkin, Jennifer Gelb (James), and Angela Turner (Craig); brother Robert Goldstein (Donna); and five grandchildren, Andrew, Sean, Dain, Madison, and Emma.
Family and friends are invited to attend a viewing on Sunday, August 2, 2020 from 3:00-5:00pm at Morrison United Methodist Church in Leesburg, FL.
Memorial services will be conducted Monday, August 3, 2020 at 11:00am at Morrison United Methodist Church in Leesburg, FL. Interment will follow at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to be made to Morrison United Methodist Church, Cornerstone Hospice, or the Wounded Warrior Project.